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Learn how to play 3 levels of ; "Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out"

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5 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Introduction & playthrough

    • 2. Easy Chords

    • 3. A little More on Strumming

    • 4. Chords & Fills

    • 5. Fingerstyle Version

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About This Class

In this class you will learn to play a classic 8 Bar blues tune as a chord accompaniment, an accompaniment with some frills, and a solo guitar, fingerstyle version that will blow your friends and family away!

All three versions use the same basic chords, but for the fingerstyle version you will need some E shape and A shape Barre Chords.

The song was written in 1923 by Jimmy Cox. The first known recording of it was in 1927, but the best known recording was by the Queen of the Blues; Bessie Smith, in 1929. This song has been recorded by all the Blues greats. It’s stood the test of time and is still considered one of the best examples of an 8 Bar blues progression. It holds the distinction of being one of the few blues tunes that has no gender mentioned or implied, so it really has been recorded by everyone!

The class comes with downloadable TAB and chords, and it even Includes Chord Diagrams!

I will take you step by step through each lesson with on screen TAB and Chords. You will learn some fills and turnarounds.

This tune is a favorite of Eric Clapton, and even with the basic version you will be able to play along with his unplugged video. I’ve kept it in the same key and it’s in standard tuning, with no Capo.

If you can play C, Dm, E7, D7, A7, G7. Then you can play this tune!

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Mark Honeyman



Hi, I’m Mark,

I am Irish, but live in Southern Spain. I am a wedding guitarist and guitar teacher. I have two guitar businesses  “Marbella Wedding Guitar” and  “Honeyman Guitar”.
My main focus is on fingerstyle guitar and I play most genres, including classical pieces, Jazz standards, pop, rock and original compositions. My music is on Spotify, Amazon and Apple, and I have a YouTube channel.

I have been teaching at a university level for over thirty years, and lectured for many years in Trinity College, Dublin.

My classes are mainly about learning fingerstyle pieces note by note, but as a Wedding guitarist I have a lot of experience playing live and using performance equipment, so some lessons will reflect this.See full profile

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1. Introduction & playthrough: Hi, my name is Mark honeymoon. I'm a wedding guitarist on the guitar teacher and live in southern Spain. Today we're going to look at three different versions of nobody knows you when you're down. And I'm going to play the example, three versus the forced versus the basic version. The second verse, I'll put in some frills and some thrills and make that a little more exciting. And then the third one will be the finger style version. So I hope you enjoy, and this is what you've got to learn a little later on. Go. Spend money that didn't have a key for a good whiskey, champagne. So every two to three. That's all we're going to learn. Stick around. See you in the next lesson. 2. Easy Chords: So the eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that I'm playing a nylon string guitar, a wedding guitarist. I make my living playing islands string guitar, so it works for me. The other thing is that it tends not to be so picky, so it's much easier to record. It also has a two inch neck, which means that it's easier for you to actually see what it is that I'm doing. Okay, so let's get into the basic version of this. The first thing they are the chords that you need. So the chords that you're going to need are handouts that accompany the class. If you look at the two documents, you'll see that one of them has the top written out in three versus the forest versus the basic version. The second verse is the more elaborate version, and the third verse is the finger style version. Has the chords written in there on a hazard and core diagrams on the right she put in where they're supposed to be so you can check those. The second document is the lyrics. I didn't put the lyrics and the courts together because well, that's a copyright issue. So Danilo, both of those and then be able to keep track of what it is that I'm doing. So the first chord is a c, the second chord is a seventh. So let's have a look at the C. And the C is third fret on the fifth string. Second fret on the fifth string. Fourth string is open. Towards string rather is open. Second String is the first fret, and the fourth string is open. This song is in 44 time, which means there are four beats to the bar. It's eight bars long, which is unusual for a blues song, but it's eight bars long. So what does that mean for us? It means that if there are four beats to each bar, we can count the mill. And the first bar of this has two beats of C and then two beats of E7. So it's two bars, have C, two bars of A7. So what's E7? E7 is open on six to O15, open on for one on three, open on two, open on one. And we're playing this from the sixth string. The next chord is a seventh. An A7 gets four beats. So what is A7? Open on 52, on four, open on 32, on 20 are open on one or more playing it from five. Next chord is D minor. And that gets two beats. And the D minor is open for two on the third string, Fred, three on the second string, Fred one on one string. And we're playing from four. Remember it gets two beats. So, so far what we've got is. And then we're back to A7 for another two beats. So we've got back to D minor for, for that was easing. Now the next chord that we're going to get to is one that I didn't mention earlier on because it sounds complicated, but really it's not an, it's an F sharp diminished seven. It sounds very complicated, but it really isn't. This is it. So it's the fourth fret on the fourth string, the fifth fret on the third string, the fourth fret on the second string, and the fifth fret again on the first string. And it's played from the fourth string down. And it gets four beats. So now what we've got is, and now we go back to sea. And the sea is an unusual one in that it gets three beats. And then we go to a seven. And we really emphasized that a seven. And you'll see why when we actually start to put the lyrics into it. Yeah. So, so far what we've got is we go to D7, which is a chord that we haven't covered before. D7 is altered and four to one, the third, one on the second, on the fourth string. And it's played from the fourth string down, and it gets four beats. So we've got, now we go to G7. And other one we haven't covered before. G7 is third fret on the sixth string. Second fret on the fifth string. Open fourth, open, thought, open second. And fret one on the fourth string. And we play that from the sixth string down. And it gets four beats. And guess what? That's your whole eight bars that literally is in. If he could play this, you could literally play the entire song. Drama free, liquid, escape, champagne. Simple as that. So what am I doing with my right hand? Well, you can really make this opens you go along. But the basic that would be required is that you would do one strong for every two beats. That means you're doing too strong ohms per bar. That would be the minimum that's required. Mental, my money for a book like this, key, champagne and that's it. That's really all you need in order to play the basic version of this song. So look at that first verse that I've given you. Figure out the courts for that. Put a little time into it. Don't forget to do your counting. Remember, the key to this is four beats to the bar and eight bars in total before you move on to the next. If you wanted to make this a little jazzy or you could actually add some plucking. And that's as far as I think that you should take it in the beginning phase. In the next lesson, we're actually going to look at judging. This'll making it sound as if you really know what you're doing. Adding in some fields and intro and outro to, I'll see you then practice this. Don't forget to post it and let me see how you're getting on. Take care. 3. A little More on Strumming : Or you could use plucking. And what I'm doing here is I'm taking the backseat, my nails, my nails rubber, and striking the strings are fed to the clock. And that actually sounds really good, works really well. Once you've gotten to that stage, you can start to play around with it and use different beats. Maybe emphasize, putting the emphasis on particular words. One. In the second lesson, we cover all those frills as well. So you can put your emphasis, where are you, where it sounds best for you? And see you then. 4. Chords & Fills: Okay, so you've had some time to practice your basic version. Now. It's time to add in those frills and thrills that take you from being somebody who can play guitar to somebody people who want to listen to playing guitar. We're still looking at the basic version, the accompaniment to the song. But the first thing that any song needs is an intro starting straight into its, okay, but it's not great for this song. The intro that we're going to use is a little walk up to the sea. And we're going to start it off from a G note, which is the third fret on the sixth string. And we're going to play this. Wow. Okay, so we're playing third fret on the sixth string, open on the field, then second on the fifth, and then the C chord. It's lovely, lovely intro to it. So where if we add another, another frail or no, they're thrilled. Right there on the A7. So that A7 we know is 44 beats. And what we're going to do is for the third beat, we're going to lift off the third finger, which is coming off the second string. And we're going to play that second string open and then hammer back onto it for the fourth beat. What you end up with this? Once I lived a life of a millionaire, k. So where can we put the next frail? Well, you're moving pretty quickly from the D minor to the A7 and back to the D minor, but that D minor, the second time we come to the D minor, that's real to four beats. So I would do there is literally take all the fingers off and unharmed and back down again. And where would they do it? Right there. Next chord is that weird chord, that F sharp diminished seven. And we can do a walk up to them. And what I mean by that is we can go. And how are we going to do that walk-up? Well, we're going to start off. You can do one of two ways. You can do it this way. Which is on the fourth string, and it's 123 into the court. Or you can do it starting on an open string. Which would be war it 012 into the court and then moving from there into the sea. So let's see what we've got so far. And then we're going to the sea. But instead of playing the C, we know that we're holding this C for three beats. It's the unusual chord. It's where things change. And so if we were to look at it in terms of words, it's took all my friends for a CCC. And what we're going to do is literally played out that walk up to the a from the sea. And we're playing fifth string, third fret, second fret on the fifth, fret on the fifth, and then into the A7. So what have we got so far? We've got where are we going from there? Well, we're going to the D7 and we know that the D7 has four beats. And then he came to house four beats, gives us some room to play around with. So what are we going to do here? Here we got bootleg whiskey, simple. Then we're moving into the G7. That's fine. Because we're moving next into the turnaround, which is the exactly the same as our intro. What would that give us? It sounds wonderful already you're seeing along with that, you already sound like an expert. The only thing that you need is an outro. Well, two things you need to bear in mind that in the actual chorus, where it gets to, cause nobody knows you when you're down and out in your pocket, not one penny. The number of words on the number of syllables actually changes and it's quite hard to do. Not one penny. So what we'll do is we go to the sea for that. Not one penny. So let's put that into the context. So all my good friends and nowhere to go where a lot of areas is. So we're gonna do it in my pocket. Not one penny. Instead of. So remember, each time that you come around to the chorus for the first time you hit that. See, in the Corps, play the C. Don't play the walk down to the a the second time. When it gets to without adept? Yeah. Without a doubt. It's fine. It's just the first time in the chorus that you hit that C, where it's not one penny. One penny is better than the walk gin. And the other thing that you need to finish this song is un altro. So what are you gonna do for an outro? Well, it finishes on the and now what we're doing is we're taking an A7 and we're moving it down to the fifth fret. So we're playing the second and the fourth string, and you can put them together that way. And we're playing fifth fret for threat, third fret. So you can play it that way, or you can play it alternating from fourth to second string. 4243235525424323 C. And what was that last bit? I did see it the genome, which is the three on the sixth and back to the C. If you play it like that, it's going to sound wonderful. You've got to work to make the whole thing smooth. And do it slowly. Start off making the transitions slowly, make them write slow, and then speed them up. Don't try and make them write a tempo. It just doesn't work really slow, but slow. Slow first, then speed it up. In the next lesson, we're going to take it all the way into the finger style version. Once you've got this onto your fingers, you're ready for that. You just need a few bar chords and you'll be flying. I'll see you then. Take care. 5. Fingerstyle Version: Okay, so you've had your beginner's version. You had the intermediate version where you're adding in some frills and thrills and intro and outro. And now you're ready to do the big finger soil parts, the solo guitar part. In order to do the solo guitar parts, you're going to need some bar chords, but you're only going to need shapes that are in the E and the a chord range. So the first one that we're going to need is a c bar chord. And the c bar chords that we're going to use is an E shape on the eighth fret. And the next one that you're going to need is an E7. And an E7 is an A7 shape. Taken all the way up to the seventh fret, played from the fifth string. The next court you're going to need is an, a seven, which is an E7 shape. Played from the sixth string on the fifth fret of the next shape after that is a D minor seven we're going to use here, which would be an, a minor seven. But we're taking it the whole way down to the fifth fret, just means that it's directly underneath that A7, which makes it very easy to transition backwards and forwards. The chord you'll need after that is an F7. So we're not doing the F sharp for this. It's good to know and sounds wonderful as it is. So the F7 is going to be an A7 shape on us the whole way down here. Eighth fret and were playing it from the fifth string. The court after that is A7 again. But the court after that is a D7. And the D7 is directly under the a, but it's an A7 shape down here at the fifth fret, played from the fifth string. And the court after that is it G seven? And the G7 is just the A7. At the third fret. Walking that we use for the intro is the same notes are played in a different place. So we're going to play 357 into the sea. So let's learn that. Intro. 357. Remember that we've got two beats. Into that A7, two beats on the E7, into the A7 for four. Then we're going to the D minor seven for two. The A7 for to the D minor seven for 244. And then we're going to do a walk or to the f, and we're going to do the walk-up by going on the fifth string, fifth fret, sixth, seventh, and then into that four beats on that F7. And then we're into the A7 again. But we're going to walk down to the A7 by going on the sixth string from the eighth 765. And the five is the actual A7 chord. So what have we got? Now we're into the D7. The D7 isn't able to four. And then we're into the G7. And the G7 is for four. And then we're into the turnaround, which is exactly the same as the intro was for the previous two versions, the beginner and intermediate. And the next verse we're actually going to play pretty much as the intermediate version was played in the last class. So let's play it the whole way through. So replaying the intermediate version. And we can play around with that intermediate version and add some bits and pieces in. The first thing that I would like to add in is when we hit the A7, that a seven, you can take the whole way up to the fifth fret and you can go with the second and the fourth string plug together. So what you get is, sounds great. All of that's wonderful and you can leave bits of it out and add bits of it in if you want to keep the versus gong and make them a little bit different. And he can come back at any stage two, when you've gone finished the verse, you can go back to and play the bar chord version. Again, slip it in, make it last as many verses as you'd like. So let us look at the outro And the song ends. And here's where we get to do a little funky bit. This is on the eighth fret and we're using our little finger string, and we're using our index finger on the fourth string. It's important to use the index finger because we're going to have to do a bit of a stretch. And we're gonna play this alternating between the fourth string and the fourth string. So 414, I'd move. So it's four string for again. Then move will prefer it. For string for again, move over fret for again last time. And then slide on the last one, your little finger or doesn't matter, a few friends. And what we are getting there is C, hit that geno back to the sea and finish it with a flourish if you want. And that's it. That version sounds really, really good. You can play down on its own anywhere. You want to impress your friends and press your family. Takes a little bit of work. It does. But if you start off with a beginner's version, I didn't the flourishes, then I didn't those bar chords. Remember to put in your intro, put in your outro. Turnarounds due to the turnarounds is going to sound fantastic. I hope you enjoyed this lesson. It's a song that I love to play. I'll be doing some more blues, probably some 12-bar blues in other lessons. So why don't you follow me and you'll get notified whenever anything else comes up. Don't forget to leave some feedback as you're going through the classes. As you complete the beginners part in the intermediate part and this part post. And let me have a look and look to see how you get nom with it. Okay. See you next time.